- Boston to Cork service to launch in 2016
- New York to Cork service to launch in 2017
NEW YORK (September 28, 2015) – Norwegian Air, the world’s best low-cost long-haul airline, today announced plans to launch direct, low-cost service from Boston and New York to Cork, Ireland – the only transatlantic flights to operate to Cork Airport – and service from Cork to Barcelona. The new routes are part of the airline’s continuous transatlantic expansion plans and were confirmed in a letter from Norwegian's CEO Bjørn Kjos to Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.
“This is only the beginning of our plans for new routes in Ireland, but our expansion relies on the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) finally approving Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign carrier permit. Once we have the DOT’s approval, it will unlock the door for these exciting new routes, which will in turn create more competition, more choice and better fares for business and leisure passengers on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Kjos. “Norwegian is leading the way in offering affordable transatlantic travel and with the new aircraft we have on order, we are excited to offer our high-quality, low-cost service from the U.S. to Cork”
This is the sixth route out of Boston Logan International Airport the airline has announced in the last few months. In June, Norwegian announced it will launch flights to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, starting December 3; and more recently, it announced long-haul service to Copenhagen, London and Oslo, also commencing May 2016.
“We’re delighted that Norwegian will operate Cork Airport’s first transatlantic service. Cork Airport has a robust hinterland with a well-developed industrial base and a fantastic tourism product,” said Niall MacCarthy, Cork Airport Managing Director. “We’re sure there will be strong demand for these new transatlantic services from both business and leisure passengers. We look forward to working closely with Norwegian and our local partners to promote these new services and to grow passenger traffic at Cork.”
Norwegian is the only airline to offer long-haul low-cost flights from the U.S. The airline currently has 25 nonstop routes to Europe (Copenhagen, London, Oslo and Stockholm) from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland/San Francisco, Orlando, San Juan and St. Croix (U.S.V.I.), with fares as low as $215 one-way, including taxes and surcharges. The new U.S. to Cork routes announced today are:
- Boston to Cork service planned for May 2016 with 4-5 flights per week, operated by a Boeing 737-800
- New York to Cork service planned for 2017, to be operated by the new Boeing 737MAX, for which Norwegian will be the manufacturer’s European launch customer
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers last year on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.